After dinner talk - invert specialist meeting!

This week I attended the Environment Agency (EA) macroinvertebrate specialist workshop, held at Preston Montford, Shropshire. The workshop brings together EA ecologists from all over the country for two days of species level ID and training, this is an integral part of the EA's move to identifying all their macroinvertebrate samples to mixed taxon level (mostly species).

I was invited to talk about the work I've been doing since leaving the EA. It was a great opportunity to discuss the new non-native species we have found using metabarcoding - Gammarus fossarum. I had plenty of questions about the practicalities of sampling eDNA from rivers and a great discussion on the potential applications for invasive species monitoring.

Highlights:

  • Athripsodes cheat sheet - a welcome addition to my identification guides
  • The brilliant feedback from taxonomists - "eDNA is exciting not scary!"